The body of water that is Lake Mead reached the lowest point in its entire history.
Lake Mead has hit a record low. The large reservoir has slipped downwards by 2 feet and will continue doing so till the end of June.
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The authorities in Nevada, Arizona and California are thinking about supporting this lake via water from the Colorado River. Yet the response among experts is dismal since they fear that this is not enough to save Lake Mead.
The steps taken by Nevada and Arizona could lead to 200,000 acres of water being added to the lake, reported RJ. However, the amount it would be losing would be 250,000 acres.
Other agencies in the lower basin are discussing cuts to benefit the lake as well. The fact that those in the upper basin are going to siphon off more than this amount leads us to the paradox of a nil effect on the lake.
There are a few people who see the situation as not a hopeless one. The ultimate optimism comes from the groups of water managers, regulators and policy experts working across the board to save Lake Mead.
Some of these cooperative efforts have bore fruit. The water would indeed be at its lowest if these agencies and agents had not intervened at the last moment.
The rules and regulations that have been instituted will ultimately benefit Lake Mead although the paperwork will take some time to go into effect. The yearly cuts could go up to 10,000 acres for Nevada and 240,000 acres for Arizona.
The only problem is the state of California which is not willing to give up its share of the water for the sake of Lake Mead. The last time Lake Mead was at such a record low point was in 1937. That was when Hoover Dam just got newly constructed from scratch.
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The extremely low water levels present a water supply problem for the Las Vegas Valley region. Almost $1.5 billion has been spent so far on remedial efforts by state agencies. However, future times will probably lead to a replenishing of the water of the lake. Such conditions are temporary and do not last forever.